ES - Wham Bang. 1979 Germany
Now here's a strange bird. ES is made up of former members of Krautrock veterans Tomorrow's Gift and the Release Music Orchestra. On the surface, Wham Bang is a straight ahead pop rock / disco album. And after each track's cringe worthy vocal section finishes, one might expect a short instrumental followed by some more tawdry vocals. Except the instrumentals don't always stop and ES begins to introduce a more common jazz fusion sound, as one might find on an earlier RMO release. Every time I was about to write Wham Bang off as a cheap European knockoff, then wham! bang! I'd hear an impressive instrumental bit. Yes, I think the album may have been a conscious satire on the current music trends of the day. Not among the greatest albums of all time, but a fun one to own for the collection. Keep expectations reasonable, and you may enjoy it too.
My copy is the original gatefold vinyl release (thanks Lev!). It is here we learn of a potential debut LP that appears to never have been actually released. The inside images of a yacht is very typical of the late 70s tropical frenzied landscape, and again makes one wonder if they weren't having a bit of fun here.